Tuesday, 1 November 2011

being content

I really believe that happiness is all about mindset. Some of the happiest people I know don't have the most money, the biggest homes or the most desirable jobs. However, they know how to make their own fun and have a good time, they laugh easily, appreciate the simple things in life and value their family and close friendships. It's not rocket science, but an impromptu barbeque with a couple of packs of sausages, some fresh bread rolls, a bottle of wine and a few friends can be just as good - and often a lot more enjoyable- as an overpriced meal in a fancy restaurant.

I reckon that contentment is actually more important than happiness. Let's be honest, living our lives in a constant euphoric state is not exactly a realistic goal, but learning to appreciate what's around us and what we have is an awesome skill. It also sits well with living in the present and fully appreciating the moment, rather than always looking to the future- when times will be better, money will be more abundant and so on. This is something I've had to consciously train myself to do as I've always had tendencies towards 'the grass is always greener' syndrome.

I'm embracing going back to basics and enjoying home-made simple things. I don't want to have to rely on entertainment which costs a lot of money. This Summer there will be lots of time spent outdoors and creative projects for the home, getting crafty with Lila, enjoying time spent relaxing with friends and family. Now let's just hope the weather cooperates :)

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